For a long time, describing my life as a train wreck would not have been far from the truth. For years everything had been falling apart, getting worse and worse, until several points when I thought I couldn't take or didn't want anymore. This was all before I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. A year later, through my own hard work, research and willpower, I'd resumed my full-time education, started doing voluntary autism research work with City and UCL universities and was going to work as a volunteer at the Prospects "Adults with Asperger syndrome life skills" course in London. The single biggest difference was the voluntary work that The National Autistic Society (NAS) first arranged for me with City University.